Morgan Gaines, CPM, LM, NHCM is a Certified Professional Midwife, New Hampshire Certified Midwife, Maine Licensed Midwife and graduate from MEAC Accredited Birthwise Midwifery School. After giving birth to her three children at a free standing birth center under the care of midwives and serving over 200 women in a rigorous and extensive educational & clinical program, she is extremely proud to offer the option of midwifery care and home birth to women in Seacoast Southern Maine & New Hampshire where her roots grow the deepest. She has worked alongside the area's most experienced midwives and has gained a deep respect for safe, responsible and sacred care and home birth. She takes pride in carrying those same ethics with her to her local hometown and surrounding areas. Morgan also feels passionate about building and maintaining a strong midwifery and home birth community and serves as the Secretary of MACPM (Maine Association of Professional Midwives), President of NHMA (New Hampshire Midwives Association) and a member of NACPM (Natonal Association of Certified Professional Midwives) Additionally, Morgan‘s passion for women, extends to working with preteens and teens to educate and help extend their body literacy and self advocacy. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying true crime podcasts, delving into continuing education and the ever changing factors in perinatal and newborn health and playing with ponies.
Alicia Sawtell serves Flourish families as our dedicated birth assistant and attends all births alongside Morgan in a supportive role, holding and maintaining all appropriate certifications and skills . She is a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula through Doula Training International, supporting families during their prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum for over ten years in the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. She is passionate about holding space, providing emotional and physical nourishment and education throughout the childbearing year. Her yearning to work with families began when she spent time at Maternidad La Luz, a rural clinic serving women in Talpetates, El Salvador when she was in college. Alicia lives in Newmarket, NH with her partner and wild brood of four. When she is not at a birth, teaching birth classes or supporting families during the fourth trimester, she can be found in the woods and on the water running outdoor enrichment programs for youth, homeschooling her children and cooking for any and all coming through her door. Alicia believes deeply that by reclaiming birth and community, curiosity and childhood, we will rekindle the forgotten parts of our spirit that we, as a people we are aching for .
I am a student midwife, birth doula and yoga teacher. My professional career began in 2012 as a scientist, working in laboratories that supported the agrochemical and water industries. Yoga became a significant part of my life during my college career which led me to my first teacher training in 2013. During this time, the spark that lit my passion for birth work after watching TLC's "A Baby Story" in the 90s was still burning. Teaching prenatal yoga is what ultimately led me to my current path as a birth doula and student midwife. My approach as a birth keeper is strongly influenced by my background in science and yoga. The three disciplines mesh beautifully combining evidence with autonomy. I have developed an immense trust in the human body, which is why I chose to pursue midwifery after attending nearly 100 births as a doula. I wish to share that trust with others by offering a space where birthing people and their families can be confident, active participants throughout their reproductive journeys in a safe and compassionate environment.